WELCOME to Ontonagon.com the Home Page of TOM LEE



500 Lakeshore Dr
Ontonagon, MI 49953
LAND LINE: 906/884-2397

Fort Pierce City Marina
1 Ave. A, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
Cell: 772-971-1355


  • Author: Around and About Ontonagon's Harbor
  • Author: Searching for Lt. Col. Benjamin Kendrich Pierce: The Brave and Accomplished Army Officer for Whom Fort Pierce is Named
  • Development of FRIENDS OF FORT PIERCE Web Site  www.friendsoffortpierce.com
  • Booklet.  Living on a Sailboat in the Fort Pierce City Marina
  • 77 day passage on s/v WINDSONG by water from Ontonagon, MI to Fort Pierce, FLProfessional Librarian. A.M.L.S., The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.Curriculum & Instruction. M.A., The University of Michigan.
  • Advisor. The Link. Inmate newspaper, Kinross Correctional Facility
  • Link wins the Michigan Penal Press Award as Best Prison Newspaper in Michigan for 1998.
  • Link wins the Michigan Penal Press Award as Best Prison Newspaper in Michigan for 1999 (Second year in a row!)
  • Appointed to Advisory Board, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Technology-Using-Educator of the Year Award, 1982.
  • Web Designer. Developed and ran first commercial Internet web server in Michigan's U.P. in Houghton, Michigan.
  • Web Designer. Developed popular internet web site <leoedwards.com> dedicated to my grandfather Edward Edison Lee who authored 50 books in the 1920's and 30's under the pen name of Leo Edwards.
  • Web Designer. Developed a number of successful web sites, including: up-wide.com, upbiz.com, ontonagon.com, michigancatalog.com, wisconsincatalog.com, texascatalog.com, etc.
  • Grant Writer. Writer of over 100 funded state and federal grants.
  • Wrote successful grant to restore theatre in Ontonagon Township Building, 1997.
  • Founder. The Weekly Bulletin: The Complete Shopping Guide for the Western U.P.
  • Editor and Publisher. The Lake Superior Miner
  • President. Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Chairman of the Board. American Association for Corporate Contributions. (A.A.C.P.)
  • Director. National Nonprofit Press Association, Washington, DC. (N.N.P.A.)
  • National Director of Philanthropic Research and Development. National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (N.A.E.I.R.)
  • Facilitator. National Network of Complementary Schools. A national exchange program between selected public and independent schools.
  • Author. Give-and-Take: The Complete Tax Incentive Guide and The Approved Methods for Donating or Accepting Corporate Gifts of Inventory. Fourth Edition.
  • Producer/Designer. Rent-A-Workshop A series of video tapes, including: Investment Options for Nonprofits, Working With The Press, A Guide to Grants, Planned Giving, Sports and Fitness Events as Fund Raisers, etc.
  • Author. Great Deal$, Smart Buys, and Real Bargains$: A Complete Guide to the Best Surplus Markets., 1986.
  • Member/Secretary. Ontonagon Area School District, Board of Education
  • The Electronic Classroom. Over 75 columns on computer and educational technology.
  • The Information Connection. Columns on information technology.
  • Member. Rotary One - Chicago; the world's first service club. Classification: Corporate Philanthropy.
  • Director/Planner. National Conference (in Chicago) on partnerships between business and education.
  • Designer/Builder/Fund Raiser/General Manager. WOAS- FM, Ontonagon, MI.
  • Director. Micrographics Project. U.S. Office of Education.
  • Founder. 501(c)(3) Monthly Letter. 3rd largest nonprofit management publication in the United States.
  • Information Specialist/Journalist. 82nd Airborne Division
  • President, U.P. West, Area-Wide Telephone Directory Service. Incorporated, July 1989.
  • Publisher. Ewen Centennial History Book, 1989.
  • Eagle Scout with God and Country Award. Member, Order of the Arrow. Boy Scouts of America.


  • Harbormaster, Village of Ontonagon Marina.  May 8 - Oct. 17, 2014
  • Head Librarian, Ojibway Correctional Facility, Michigan Department of Corrections, Marenisco, MI. 2000 - 2012
  • Librarian. Law Library, General Library, School Library and SEG Library, Michigan Department of Corrections, Kinross Correctional Facility (KCF), Kincheloe, MI 1997-2000.
  • Owner. The Landmark Publishing Company, Ontonagon, MI
  • Publisher. U.P.-Wide. Area-Wide Yellow Pages for Michigan's Upper Peninsula
  • Web Master. <www.up-wide.com>
  • Director. 21st Century Internet Design Group. Designer of national Internet "catalog" project. Current catalogs now online include: michigancatalog.com, wisconsincatalog.com, and texascatalog.com.
  • Editor and Publisher. The Lake Superior Miner.
  • Editor and Publisher. The Weekly Bulletin.
  • Consultant. Corporate Philanthropy.
  • Director of Research and Development. National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources. Northfield, IL. 1983-85.
  • Consultant/Conference Planner/Advertising Advisor. NationalConference on Partnerships between education and corportions. 1983.
  • Federal Projects Writer, General Manager WOAS-FM, Librarian. Ontonagon Area Schools, Ontonagon, MI. 1975-83.
  • President. The Electronic Classoom.
  • Director of Media Services. Half Hollow Hills Schools, Dix Hills, Long Island, NY. 1974-75.
  • Director of Media Services. Centennial Educational Park, Plymouth Public Schools, Plymouth, MI. 1970-74.
  • Media Director. Mona Shores Schools, Muskegon, MI. 1966-70.
  • High School Librarian, Muskegon High School, Muskegon, MI. 1965-66.
  • Journalist. 82nd Airborne Division, and 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC.

  • Cadet. United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.


  • Long experience with various platforms and programs, including:
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Pagemaker
  • HTML Design and Editing
  • CGI Scripting
  • Mac OS
  • TCP/IP Networks/ WiFi
  • Local Area Networks
  • Various HTML Editors
  • Microsoft Works
  • Word Perfect
  • Filemaker Plus
  • CD-Rom Development
  • First Search: World's largest bibliographic database.
  • Internet searching skills.


  • Graduate. New Employee School, Michigan Department of Corrections, Lansing, MI. 1997
  • A.M.L.S. (Library Science), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 1970. Renamed The Information School.
  • M.A., Master of Arts, Audiovisual Education and Curriculum Development, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 1968.
  • B.S., Bachelor of Science. Journalism and Library Science, Wisconsin State University, Oshkosh, WI. 1965.
  • Diploma. U.S. Army Information School, Fort Slocum, NY.
  • Cadet. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.
  • Diploma. Memorial High School, Beloit, WI. 195


 Memorial High School, Beloit, WI.

 Ripon College, Ripon, WI. 
 U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY

  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

  University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
 Wisconsin State University, Oshkosh, WI

  Beloit College, Beloit, WI.

Rackam School of Graduate Studies, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

  DeMarse Corrections Academy, Lansing, MI


  • Around and About Ontonagon's Harbor, Columns in the Ontonagon Herald, Summer 2014
  • Around and About Ontonagon's Harbor (the book) Published October, 2014
  • Searching for Lt. Col. Benjamin Kendrich Pierce: The Brave and Accomplished Army Officer for Whom Fort Pierce, Florida is Named.
  • Sailing Blog of trip from Ontonagon to Fort Pierce by water.  www.sailblogs.com/member/thegreattrip
  • Living on a Sailboat at the Fort Pierce City Marina  pdf copy at www.fortpiercecitymarinaflorida.com
  • Designing a library for a special clientele. Ironwood Daily Globe, February 27, 2001.
  • Designer. up-wide.com, a comprehensive world wide web site of businesses in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and in surronding areas in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario Canada.
  • Designer. UP-Wide Yellow Pages. A comprehensive 336 page directory for Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  • Give-and-Take: The Complete Tax Incentive Guide and the Approved Methods for Donating or Accepting Corporate Gifts of Inventory. Fourth Edition.
  • Great Deal$, Smart Buy$ and Real Bargain$: The Complete Guide to the Best Surplus Markets.
  • Practical Philanthropy. A fund raising kit for planned giving.
  • Microform Systems: A Handbook for Educators.
  • Administration of an Instructional Film Program: A Handbook for the Building Audiovisual Coordinator.
  • Library Hand . . . A Lost Art. (A study of handwritten catalog cards.)
  • Corporate Philanthropy. Monthly column in the NAEIR News. You Can Get in on This $17 Million Equipment Give away. The Executive Educator. February, 1982.
  • If A Computer Answers, Don't Hang Up. Classroom Computer News.
  • Authorship of School Textbooks for Education Faculty Appointed Between 1879-1929 at The University of Michigan. Notes and Abstracts.
  • Project Adventure. The New North.
  • Historical Notes. A series of columns on the history of Rotary. The Gyrator, Rotary One, Chicago.
  • BACSTOP: A Teacher's Guide to Ropes Courses and Other Initiatives. The Porcupine Quill Press.
  • Hard to Believe Association Arranges Donations to Schools. The New North.
  • The Secret and Mysterious Order of the Freckled Goldfish.
  • Tuffy Bean Comes to Ontonagon.
  • DATE DUE. Over 150 columns on information technology.
  • THE ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM. Over 75 columns on technology.
  • Putting Computers to the Test in British Columbia. Classroom Computer News.
  • History of 10-Watt Radio Stations.
  • Every Child A Winner in New Physical Education Program.
  • The Source. The New North.


  • Benjamin K. Piere Returns.  By Ellen Gillette, FOCUS: The Official Publication of Main Street Fort Pierce, August 2014
  • Fort Pierce marina helps city generate new fan from Michigan  by Ellen Gillette, Feb. 2013
  • Friends of Fort Pierce.   Interview and video by Plythe Gibbons.  www.treasuresoffortpierce.com
  • A View From The Inside, By Gary Lamberg, Publisher, Ironwood Daily Globe. February 21, 2001.
  • LINK WINS. Prison newspaper at Kinross Correctional Facility wins Penal Press Award as best prison paper in Michigan. The KCF LINK, April 1999
  • Many More Books Coming. Story of large book donation to KCF from the famous Newberry Library in Chicago. The KCF LINK, April 1999.
  • WOAS-FM, started by Tom Lee receives special Michigan Education Association recognition. Ontonagon Herald 5/13/98.
  • New Librarian at KCF. The Link
  • Far-flung Networking - Publisher Tom Lee Reaches the Far Corners of the Globe Via the Internet. Printing Impressions, February, 1995.
  • Pied Piper' Keeps Students Wrapped Up in Learning. Houghton Mining Gazette. January 7, 1979.
  • Bookworms (a story concerning the donation of 6,000 free books) The Milwaukee Journal, July 29, 1980.
  • Tom Lee . . . His Projects Benefit School. A Copper Country Profile. The Mining Gazette.
  • New Voice Coming to Ontonagon. Development of WOAS-FM
  • Porcupine Quill Press Makes Point in Ontonagon.
  • Beloiter Chosen for West Point. Beloit Daily News, May 28, 1959.
  • Ontonagon School Finds Gold Mine . . . In Free Books, That Is !
  • Librarian Turns to Boatbuilding.
  • Polynesian Catamaran Replica at Ontonagon.
  • Local Librarian Named Technology Using Educator of the Year.
  • Welcome Mat. The Gyrator, Rotary One, Chicago.
  • Lee Elected to Rotary One Membership. The Gyrator, Rotary Club of Chicago.
  • Bed and breakfast in style. The Houghton Mining Gazette.
  • Link Wins. The KCF Link, Kinross Correctional Facility, May, 1999

ADDENDUM (Seamanship Skills)

  • Harbormaster, Village of Ontonagon Marina
  • Legal Responsibilities, Required Equipment, Etc.
  • Boat Handling in various weather conditions
  • Boat Nomenclature and Terminology
  • Troubleshooting Basic Mechanical Problems
  • Docking, Line Handling
  • Marlinespike Seamanship
  • Radio Operating Procedures
  • Distress  Signals
  • Radio Checks
  • Knowledge of Aids to Navigation
  • Nautical Charts and Piloting
  • Basic First Aid
  • Firefighting Procedures
  • Over 65 years of boating experience

Windsong (red sail cover) at K-Dock, Fort Pierce City Marina. 



Some of Tom Lee's books:

Tom Lee as Benjamin K. Pierce

Tom Lee sailing from Lake Superior to Fort Pierce, FL


Living on a Sailboat at the Fort Pierce City Marina
Fort Pierce, Florida

 Living on a Sailboat LINKS
    Useful LINKS
Living on a sailboat  BLOG

Sock Monky's Big Trip
(this is a large file, get a cup of coffee)


Living on a Sailboat in the Fort Pierce
City Marina


s/v PENRYN, Ballerina II

s/v VIKING, Allied Seawind 30

m/v VICTORIA, River Queen Houseboat



Saturday Market, Fort Pierce Marina Square

Saturday Craft Market, Historic Fort Pierce

Saturday Green Market Marina Square

Bike Night, Historic Fort Pierce

Friday Fest, Fort Pierce Marina Square

Christmas Celebrations, Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce City Marina Web Site

(below) Residence of Thomas and Margaret Lee. The historic Gorman House, Ontonagon, Michigan.
The Gorman House is famous for its ROSES.

Gorman House Beach House on the Shore of Lake Superior
where a lot of work on this site is done.
(Note: this building was Ontonagon's first library)

My grandfather Edward Edson Lee (Leo Edwards) published
nearly 50 books for boys in the 1920 and 30's ...
Visit his site at leoedwards.com